Save the date, details to come
The Robson Hall Runnymede Society is pleased to welcome Dr. Ryan Alford for a virtual (hybrid) presentation on the Emergencies Act. Dr. Alford is a Professor at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, where he researches constitutional history, historical development of the rule of law, and nonderogable rights during public emergencies.
Dr. Alford received his doctorate in public, constitutional, and international law from the University of South Africa, his master’s degree from the University of Oxford, and his law degree from New York University.
Owing to his expertise on the Emergencies Act, Dr. Alford was granted standing by the Public Order Emergency Commission (the Rouleau Commission) to participate as a party before the Inquiry and to make submissions about the propriety of the Government of Canada’s promulgation of the Emergencies Act during the Freedom Convoy in 2022.
Dr. Alford also brought a successful constitutional challenge to the provisions of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act (Alford v. Canada (Attorney-General), 2022 ONSC 2911). In that case, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down a federal statute that abridged freedom of speech and debate in Parliament for implicitly amending the unwritten provisions of the Constitution of Canada – the first time that any Canadian court has done so.
When: Wednesday, April 5 from 12-1PM
Where: Room 205
Lunch will be provided for those who attend in person.
If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP at the following link: https://forms.gle/pW5h1QGem3nDkiJg8
If you plan to attend virtually, please register at the following link: https://umanitoba.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Mqf-qtqzsiHtbNHiJYwmKjb4kYn8PXVtxI
Town Hall for student input on Conduct of Classes policy
Wednesday, April 5 at 12:00 p.m. in-person in the Common Room and Online
Please RSVP via this form (especially if attending Online).
In-person drop-ins welcome.
Do you have any thoughts about the current Conduct of Classes? Do you have feedback that could bring some improvements for Robson Hall Classes?
If so, we’d like to invite you to an upcoming town hall to seek your input. Please join the MLSA, MILSA and faculty members of the Rules and Procedures Working Group (sounds boring, but it is super important!) to discuss the Conduct of Classes Policy (reproduced below).
This affects you daily during your journey through Robson Hall, and we want to hear whether our current policy meets your needs… or not.
Please stop by the Common Room, or join online on April 5 at noon.
A light lunch will be provided courtesy of the MLSA and the Dean’s Office.
A copy of the current policy is reproduced below to get you thinking. Senate approves Policy (high level), and then the faculty implements it within that framework, so the feedback we seek can address both!
- CONDUCT OF CLASSES
PREAMBLE: This policy establishes excellent and consistent learning environments where processes and expectations are clear, and all members of the learning community are treated respectfully. The University of Manitoba has established clear policies for conduct of classes, to which the Faculty of Law adheres.
POLICY: The Faculty of Law provides a consistent learning experience, particularly in multiple section courses; the Conduct of Classes is based on and guided by the University of Manitoba Responsibility of Academic Staff with Regard to Students (ROASS) Policy and the syllabus templates by the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL), to ensure that all members of the learning community understand expectations and responsibilities.
PROCEDURES: The Faculty of Law will follow the University of Manitoba Responsibility of Academic Staff with Regard to Students (ROASS) Policy, informed by the CATL syllabi templates, and all other policies established by the University related to conduct of classes, with the following law-specific applications:
Essential Elements of Learning
All students in the Faculty of Law Juris Doctor program are expected to:
- Read and engage with assigned and related materials/sources
- Write in a broad range of formats
- Conduct research, using primary and secondary sources, and using legal research skills and techniques
- Actively listen to, and engage with, teachers, guests/invited speakers, and classmates
- Attend classes and participate in course-required activities
- Interact respectfully with classmates
- Give oral presentations and conduct advocacy
- Actively participate in classroom conversations and in small group discussions
- Contribute to teamwork within and outside of class, including collaborative oral or written projects
- (Participate in practical training)
- Take examinations with time limitations and/or word limitations
- Submit work to meet deadlines and requirements
Variation of elements may be appropriate in response to reasonable and substantiated requests for individual accommodation.
The Last Week of Classes
Make-up classes, non-scheduled classes, seminars, workshops, and the like shall not be scheduled within the last seven (7) days prior to the last day of classes.
For those courses offered in multiple sections taught by more than one instructor, the Associate Dean of the Juris Doctor program shall ensure equitable treatment of all students as outlined in the University of Manitoba Multi-sectioned Courses policy.
All instructors are responsible for submitting their syllabi according to a collaborative/consultative process developed by the Associate Dean of the Juris Doctor program for submission at least two weeks before the start of classes for review.
Fall Term: August 15
Winter Term: December 15
Summer Term: subject to consultation
Syllabus Review by Associate Dean of the Juris Doctor program:
The Associate Dean of the Juris Doctor program will ensure the review of each course syllabus, and course syllabi for multiple sections taught by more than one instructor, for academic rigour, consistency, and compliance with ROASS standards.
When applicable, the Associate Dean of the Juris Doctor program will return the syllabi to course instructors with comments for consideration before distribution to students during the first week of classes.
It is recommended that instructors provide sample examinations to students where possible and relevant.
Last Policy Review: September 2022
Policy Review Cycle: Every five (5) years or sooner if deemed necessary by the Associate Dean of the Juris Doctor program.
Related Policies: Multi-sectioned Courses; Responsibilities of Academic Staff with Regard to Students (ROASS) Policy; ROASS Procedure; ROASS Schedule A: Policies and Resources; Voluntary Withdrawal; Authorized Withdrawal; Self-Declaration for Brief and Temporary Student Absences Policy and Procedure; Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy Sexual Violence Policy ; Disclosures and Complaints Procedure; Violent or Threatening Behavior; Space Planning Policy
Donna Sikorsky, Liaison Librarian at the E.K. Williams Law Library, will offer a Legal Citation Drop-in session on April 6 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in room 205, and on April 11 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
MANITOBA BAR ASSOCIATION
BUSINESS LAW SECTION
TRANSPORTATION LAW SECTION
NOTICE OF JOINT HYBRID MEETING
DATE: Thursday, April 6, 2023
TIME: 12:00 Noon – 1:30pm
LOCATION: Room 204, Main Floor – Robson Hall, Faculty of Law University of Manitoba, 224 Dysart Road, Winnipeg AND Via Zoom Video Conference
TITLE: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
SPEAKER: Joe Barnsley, Pitblado LLP
For security on equipment the first thing that comes to mind is the PPSA. Transportation equipment is subject to a variety of special requirements that most lawyers seldom come across. PPSA may not be enough… or even relevant.
Joe Barnsley from Pitblado will explain some of the red flags to look for when you are faced with a deal involving aircraft, railway rolling stock or motor vehicles.
Please note that that the U of M requires all visitors on campus to wear a face mask and that there is also a parking cost for in-person attendees.
Chair, MBA Transportation Law Section
Donna Sikorsky, Liaison Librarian at the E.K. Williams Law Library, will offer a Legal Citation Drop-in session on April 11 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in room 205.
Last Day of Winter Classes.
Lunch with Minister Lametti – A special invitation for 1Ls
Federal Justice Minister David Lametti will be visiting Winnipeg on April 14 and has invited all of the University of Manitoba’s First-Year Law Students to join him for lunch in the Faculty Lounge.
Please RSVP directly to jodi[dot]petch[at]umanitoba[dot]ca by 9:00 am April 10th, along with any dietary restrictions.
For Faculty Members and invited guests.